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What to do at the 2018 Hertfordshire County Show

PUBLISHED: 10:59 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 30 April 2018

Imps Motorcycle Display Team (photo: David Morrison)

Imps Motorcycle Display Team (photo: David Morrison)

Imps Motorcycle Display Team

Hertfordshire County Show is back in Redbourn this month with a bundle of new attractions plus all the old favourites

What has 66,176 feet, 1,995 competitors and eats 8,000 ice-creams? Head to Herts County Showground this month and you’ll find out.

With fresh entertainment, a big top circus, major new food and drink venues and novel animal classes, Herts County Show is back with more on offer than ever.

Around 35,000 visitors are expected at the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society event in Redbourn over the weekend of May 26-27 to enjoy over 70 hours of top-notch entertainment, more than 400 trade stands, a celebration of our best food and drink, and an abundance of animals on show.

The food and drink offering is huge - bring an appetite and take goodies home too (photo: Danny Loo)The food and drink offering is huge - bring an appetite and take goodies home too (photo: Danny Loo)

New acts in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Arena include The Stampede Stunt Company – genuine Cossack riders who will thrill the crowds with their daredevil tricks; N and J Heavy Horses performing to music; and the Imps Motorcycle Display Team showing just what can be done on a motorbike (no matter how young you are).

Making a return will be The Hertfordshire Farmers Display with their hay bale race and be sure to cheer on the ponies and riders in the full-tilt Dinky Derby and Hurry Scurry races around the arena.

There’s a huge range of great food and drink on offer with a focus on top Hertfordshire producers as well as those from surrounding areas. Eat and Drink Hertfordshire will be joined by two new food courts, Street Food at the Circus and The Oak Tree Eatery, offering mouth-watering goodies. And for drinks, there’s the novel champagne horsebox and Pimms teapot, a pop-up McMullen’s pub – The Steam Engine, and Farr Brew’s tepee. The Made in Hertfordshire marquee will also be packed with artisan food and drink producers as well as crafts and art.

Meet Herts farmers and their animals (photo: Herts County Show)Meet Herts farmers and their animals (photo: Herts County Show)

The popular Hertfordshire Farmyard will be even bigger this year. It’s a great opportunity (especially for the little’uns) to get up close to a wide range of animals –including the adorable babies – and quiz local producers on how our food gets from field to table. There’s the chance to get on board farm machinery past and present (including a huge combine harvester) and who could possibly miss out on pig racing?

Make a beeline for the Village Green area (Hertfordshire Life’s stand will be there!) where Happy’s Big Top Circus will keep all ages entertained with jugglers, aerialists, acrobats and magic. And try out your own circus skills at one of the 30-minute workshops. The circus runs four times a day so there’s plenty of opportunity to see the acts. There’s also great live music on offer – the Rock Choir and Classical Choir will perform various shows (including film and West End favourites), in the Village Green area over the weekend.

Animals are a major attraction at the show and you will find marquees full of them. The heavy horses will again be in the Countryside Area, there are the hotly contested livestock competitions, while the playful beagle pack are a delight. You will also find demonstrations of rural skills including thatching, spinning, weaving and a new addition, stonemasonry.

Crowds enjoy watching the Devil's Horsemen show (photo: Danny Loo)Crowds enjoy watching the Devil's Horsemen show (photo: Danny Loo)

And who knew sheep could be so entertaining. New Zealander Richard Savoury will introduce you to nine breeds, each with their own story and theme tune before sheep shearing demonstrations with hilarity.

The top class show jumping and horse events are always a big draw and alongside the competitions the Horseworld area has all things equine.

And all of this is before you even get to the massive range of shopping on offer on the trade stands all around the site.

Stampede Stunt Company (photo: Herts County Show)Stampede Stunt Company (photo: Herts County Show)

New show executive director, Sarah Moreland, said she is delighted to be joining the team ‘during a year with so much change and enthusiasm’. She added, ‘I am excited to continue taking this great show forward and intend to explore how the countryside and urban life can continue to grow together – while celebrating Hertfordshire’s finest.’

Tickets to the show (with a 20 per cent advance discount) are available at hertsshow.com

Clowning around at the show (photo: Danny Loo)Clowning around at the show (photo: Danny Loo)

WIN FAMILY TICKETS TO THE COUNTY SHOW

We have five family tickets to give away to lucky readers worth £40 each (£50 on the day). Each ticket allows free entry to the county show for two adults and three children on either the Saturday or the Sunday (May 26 or 27).

Lord Charles Cecil (Hatfield House)Lord Charles Cecil (Hatfield House)

Just answer this question: The show is organised by The Hertfordshire Agricultural Society, but when was it formed – A: 1701, B: 1801 or C: 1901?

Email your answer to competitions@hertfordshirelife.co.uk with ‘Herts County Show tickets’ in the subject field and include your full name, address and contact number. Entry closes on May 10. Good luck!

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Q&A with 2018 show president, Lord Charles Cecil

How did you you get involved with the county show?

My family have been deeply involved in agriculture in Hertfordshire for a very long time. We have also had a long association with the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society (HAS) and indeed its first show after its relaunch took place in Hatfield Park in 1880. My great-great-grandfather and great-grandfather were vice presidents then and a temporary dairy school was set up at Hatfield under the aegis of the society a few years later.

You are president of the HAS – what’s its role?

These times are full of uncertainty for the farming community. Hertfordshire Agricultural Society is a most important forum for information, advice and best practice. Through the county show, they also bring pleasure to the wider community.

Sum up the county show

The show is one of the premier events of our county and brings tens of thousands of people to us every year. It is a tribute to the organisers and the many volunteers that it is such a success with attractions for every interest. It also brings the countryside and agriculture to so many people who have little such involvement in their everyday lives. I am delighted to welcome all of you to the 2018 Herts County Show. I am sure you will have a truly enjoyable time.

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